• Being a Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 3

    Just over two weeks ago a teaser trailer for the next Toy Story movie was released. On the day I saw it, I altered my scheduled posts because the words of the spork resonated so well with how many people feel about finding a church to call home (let alone find a place to serve within the church). The first post of this brief series spoke to that end a bit by recalling how Jessie had to forge her way into the group known as Andy’s toys (you may read that article here). After watching the trilogy again, I was prompted to list an attribute of how many of the…

  • Being A Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 2

    Last week’s post began a three-part look at how a person choosing to attend and become involved in a church can be a challenging process. This three-part series was prompted by the new trailer to Toy Story 4 which is due to be released next summer. While I do not know the exact premise of the story, based upon the trailer, the movie will include a spork who is trying to find his identity within the group of toys. Last week, I centered on the addition of Jesse to the group. This week, I had intended to focus on the idea of the spork; however, I must admit that having written…

  • Being a Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 1

      By now some of you will have seen the teaser trailer for the next Toy Story movie which is due out next summer. If you have not seen the new trailer, click the link here to go to youtube. Frankly, I knew nothing about the story-line (and now know just next-to-nothing), but the first thing that went through my mind was how much the spork reminds me of the church. Apparently, the story will center around the spork trying to find his identity because, after all, he is not a toy. (More on the spork next week.) The toys within the movie are all well-known to us, and well-known…